Prince Charles says furloughed Brits, students should help pick fruits, vegetables

Only a third of migrant labour available

Environment Secretary George Eustice announced a new "Pick for Britain" website had been launched during Tuesday's coronavirus briefing from Downing Street.

The UK normally relied on armies of mainly Romanian and Bulgarian workers, but as many as two thirds of the usual workforce is unable to get to the UK because of coronavirus, he revealed.

However, the web site for staff to sign-up was overwhelmed shortly after the minister's attraction.

A Government spokesman said the website crashed because of a surge in demand, with visitors increasing from around 2,000 to more than 160,000 during the press conference.

Because of the level of training and skill required - the industry is particularly looking for those who can work for the duration of the summer harvest between the months of May and September.

'We imagine that those that are furloughed could also be attending to the goal that they need to assist and play their half.

'They could also be eager to get out they usually could also be eager to complement their revenue with an extra job'.

"The food and farming sector is no exception", he said".

"Harvesting runs until early Autumn and people are needed who are genuinely going to commit".


'If folks do not know concerning the alternatives obtainable in agriculture, they will not apply for it.

Prince Charles is receiving backlash this week after promoting a campaign calling for people who have been furloughed from their jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic to pick fruits and vegetables.

Charles backed the Government's initiative to convey United Kingdom staff and farmers collectively to make sure crops are usually not left to rot within the floor throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

Consequently, the 71-year-old royal also compared the "Pick for Britain" campaign to the Women's Land Army created during World War II.

In a video, Charles said: "Food does not happen by magic, it all begins with our remarkable farmers and growers". "If the last few weeks have proved anything, it's that food is valued and precious, and it can not be taken for granted".

'In the approaching months, many 1000's of individuals shall be wanted to usher in the crops. "It will be hard graft, but is hugely important if we are to avoid the growing crops going to waste", he added.

It came after the Prince of Wales tried to help Mr Eustice by saying Britons should rediscover the "great moment" of the wartime Land Army to bring in the harvest.

'The phrase I have often heard is "pickers who are stickers".

"At this time of great uncertainty, many of our normal routines and regular patterns of life are being challenged".

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